Big Damn Crate

SKU: GCA003
$167.99

Product Description

Is it getting a little crowded in your sky? We swear by our pretty floral bonnets this will end your organizing woes. The Broken Token presents the Big Damn Crate, an all-in-one organizing solution compatible with Firefly: The Game and all of its expansions, published by Gale Force Nine.


Aim to misbehave sooner with more than a dozen shiny removable trays for all your cards, tokens, and ships. Each removable card tray is stackable, with a draw and discard slot, allowing you to play the game right out of the organizer. Two identical token trays means each player can access their wares for their perfectly legitimate business enterprises with ease, without slowing down the game. Do your jobs and get paid easily with the removable bank tray. Also includes felt pads to protect your table surface. Supports sleeved and unsleeved cards.


This organizer supports sleeved cards and holds all current expansions, with at least a little room to spare! When you can’t run, you crawl. And when you can’t do that, let The Broken Token carry you.


NOTE: All new Big Damn Crate kits INCLUDE The Broken Token Crime & Punishment Upgrade Tray.


This product is a kit that requires assembly. . We recommend a high quality wood glue, soft mallet and clamps for assembly (each sold separately).


Firefly™: The Game is a trademark of Gale Force Nine™. This is a third-party accessory designed by The Broken Token.  All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with The Broken Token.

Excellent kit

I've never built a kit like this before, so I didn't know what to expect. I watched the videos, and pored over the instructions as I went, and overall, the whole build - though it took a fair amount of time - went very smoothly.<br><br>I used a gel stain, both on the main outer box and on all the internal parts. The end result is gorgeous. However, if I had to do it again, I'd either skip the internal parts or use a non-gel stain. What I found was that the gel stain worked its way into all the laser cuts, which gummed them up a bit, making it harder to snap the parts out of the sheets. Also, it would build up inside the slots, making it hard to get the tabs into them. I spent a lot of time scraping and sanding the excess gel stain residue off the edges so that things would go together more smoothly.<br><br>When I received my kit, one of the acrylic panels was missing. Broken Token responded to my email in one business day, and got a replacement out to me quickly. Mistakes happen, and how a company responds is important. The Broken Token responded perfectly.<br><br>This crate is a beautiful beast. The design is solid and clever, and I'm very impressed with it. Clearly a LOT of thought and care went into it, and it the end result is superb. Worth every penny.

So convenient!

I really don't have anything to add that previous reviews haven't already covered: it was easy enough to build (even for someone who did poorly in tech ed class back in grade school), it looks great, and it makes setup and playing the game so much easier than the original packaging. I've had the game for about nine months and the first time I played the solo story was the day I finished this box...now my only problem is having enough table space to fit the boards.<br><br>It's definitely worth the time, money, and effort to not only get the box, but stain it and really make it your own.

Absolutely outstanding product!

I'd seen Broken Token products before, but not for any games I actually owned. So, when I saw The Big Damn Crate, I jumped all over it. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get all of my Firefly: The Game material in one place.<br><br>I was not expecting what I received. The laser cut wood components are simply stunning. I opted for the plain finish in lieu of the available stained finish, not due to cost, but simply because I like the natural color of the wood. The assembly instructions were quite easy to understand and follow. The only tools I needed were a hobby knife to cut the small tags holding the pieces to the panels, a bottle of wood glue, and a rubber mallet. In hindsight, a piece of fine grit sand paper probably would have helped (I believe the assembly instructions called for it).<br><br>As expected with laser cut components, the fit between the tabs and slots of the various components is extremely tight; sanding the tabs a bit would have made for easier insertion, but I was concerned I would over do it and make the connections too loose, so I chose to to without. There are a lot of panels of parts. The panels have a lot of similar looking parts and are not numbered according to the assembly instructions (instead of 1, 2, 3... they are numbered XX of YY). However, the assembly instructions that came with the organizer had diagrams of each panel, so it was fairly easy to identify them and mark them myself.<br><br>Assembly took a few hours, taking my time. As mentioned, unsanded, the fit between the tabs and slots was extremely tight and care must be taken to avoid breaking any of the parts. Some of the card trays are tricky as when attaching the side rails you must fit multiple tabs into their slots simultaneously. I found that once I had them in place, I could tap them with a rubber mallet to properly seat the parts.<br><br>Caution: be careful when removing the slotted pieces of the ship trays. The nature of their shape makes it difficult to remove them from their panels and the portions (clips?) that are meant to flex are somewhat fragile. I accidentally broke a clip trying to remove it from the panel. My impatience, my fault. I can't blame Broken Token for my ham fistedness. ;-)<br><br>I found the fit between the insert and the crate bottom to be the tightest of all. Some sort of mallet and a measure of patience is needed to properly seat it without breakage. Once the insert is in place, all of the trays easily slid into place.<br><br>As for what goes where when it's all together, watch the video. Everything has a place, and I was constantly amazed at how everything fit perfectly in its place with some room to spare. I knew the play mat (which I do not have) was intended to fit in the crate, but all during construction I was wondering about what I was going to do with the map boards. Never fear; they all fit inside.<br><br>I positively love the fact that once you remove the token boxes, navigation card tray, and the ship trays, you can set the crate on its side and draw cards directly from the crate without having to remove the other card trays. What a savings in table space! That alone, to me, justifies the purchase of this product.<br><br>Is this product for you? Honestly, it depends. If you only have the base game and maybe one of the boxed expansions (Blue Sun or Kalidasa), probably not. The crate is intended to hold All Things Firefly: The Game and you would wind up spending money for storage space you won't be using. If you have the base game and both Blue Sun and Kalidasa I think you could benefit from this product as you will not need to cart three boxes around to play the game.<br><br>Word of caution: the crate top and bottom are made of 1/4 inch plywood and the rest of the components are 1/8 inch plywood. When added to the game contents, the Big Damn Crate gets a bit heavy. I"m guessing 15 pounds or so - maybe a little more than two gallon jugs of milk.<br><br>I'm really pleased with this product and cannot wait to put it to good use!

Good product for the most part.

This crate is well designed and easy to assemble. It is a very convenient option for keeping the game with all of its expansions together. The only issue I have with this product is the "premium wood" used to create this item. Layered press board made of balsa wood isn't the best option for durability. However, I do understand this choice due to the need for weight restrictions for this product. Overall, I'm happy with this crate, and the functionality outweighs the one negative point.

Worth the Purchase

An amazing buy well worth the time and effort of staining and lacquering. I've got all the expansions and am in the process of upgrading all the game pieces and the Big Damn Crate is an absolute genius storage system for any avid gamer. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade their Firefly game to something you will undoubtedly come to love.

Love it but wrong instructions

Would get 5 stars but the updated instructions were not sent in the box. Had to download them from the website.

Great Product and Great Service

After reading the other reviews there isn't much more that I can add about how great this product is. But I will say that when one of the pieces didn't fit right, all I had to do was contact customer service, send a couple of pictures and a replacement part arrived in a few days. Now everything is perfect.<br><br>It's a real treat to work with a company that backs their products and fixes problems with minimal hassle. TBT is top notch.

We LOVE our crate!

It was quite the project to stain and assemble it, but it was so worth the effort. It makes game set up so fast and take down too. It also saves a ton of space on the table when we are playing. This is one of our favorite games and it was worth the investment to keep it all nice and together.

Fits Everything!

This crate is amazing it fits everything produced currently, even sleeved. they say it can't hold the Big Damn Money but I'm betting the spot in the middle can just won't have a nice tray for it. <br><br>It took me a long time to convince myself to buy it and now my only regret is how long I waited!

The best addition for the game!!

This was a fantastic addition to the game. It actually made game play go quicker because we could just pass the required holder instead of having the cards laid out on the table. Staining the crate took a few days, I'm very glad the joints were so tight without glue because the crate was in the back of my car during an accident and instead of being destroyed, the crate came apart at the seams! I highly recommend getting this crate.